[Assist] Boot process halts before getty is reached

Freemor freemor at freemor.ca
Tue Nov 5 15:13:12 GMT 2019

Hmm. k, lets try forcing a fairly universal mode
Change vga=ask to vga=773

That should force 1024x768  which is a very basic mode that almost ant video
card should be able to pull off.


  fb0: switching to inteldrmfb from VESA VGA

Furthers my suspicion that it's a wonky framebuffer
is so that computer may not actually be freezing. Just not bothering to
display anything once it tries to switch to the wonky FB.

You can try adding  lines to your .bashrc to start an X11 session right away
which would switch away from the wonky FB to a regular graphics mode. And that
might get your display back.

Or you could try logging in blind and start X or run a command that'd play an
mp3 or otherwise show signs of life.

Another option to help debug this is to enable opensshd so you can try ssh'ing
to the machine once it's booted (assuming it is booting but not displaying) and
check things by ssh'ing in from another machine

You may also want to read through:


Paying attention to the sections about KMS, early KMS , and adding intel
modules to your initramfs. That last part in under the heading "Blank screen
during boot, when "Loading modules" in the troubleshooting section

if you do add the modules to your initramfs you'll probably want to remove the
vga=733 etc if you made those permanent changes

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